Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures
By (author) Silvia Gherardi
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Gender, Symbolism and Organizational Cultures by Silvia Gherardi
Book DescriptionThe symbolic order of gender in organizations - how gender relations are culturally and discursively produced and reproduced, and how they might be 'done' differently, are explored in this book. Silvia Gherardi focuses on the relationship between gender, power and culture in organizations and on the need to come to grips with the pervasive, elusive and ambiguous nature of gender in work settings. She introduces two key metaphors. The first is of the sexual contract, which centres on the sexuality of organizations and 'static' gender difference. The second, of the alchemic wedding, highlights a plurality of cultural models of femaleness and of women/work relationships, and processes of dynamic difference, transformation and transcendence. Gherardi continues her examination of the construction of gender relations in the workplace through a series of rich and illuminating stories which also draw on various symbolic archetypes as powerful forms of cultural expression. The final section of the book looks at possibilities for change, developing in particular a concept of different forms of gender citizenship of organizations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803989115
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Silvia Gherardi
Silvia Gherardi is Professor of the Sociology of Work at the University of Trento in Italy.
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